Director-General of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Hon. Eric Nana Agyeman-Prempeh has debunked reports making rounds in certain media circles that the organisation was distributing various sums of money to disaster victims in the country.
He described such reports as complete untruths, adding that it was time the Ghanaian media did proper cross-checking of stories before putting it in the public domain.
According to him the $200,000 donation from the Government of Benin in October 2017 was solely meant for a specific purpose. “The $200,000 donated by the Government of Benin was meant to be used to support the families and surviving victims of the June 3 twin disaster that claimed over 100 lives,” he explained.
The NADMO Director-General was speaking at a ceremony in Accra to formally disburse the funds to families and surviving victims of the June 3 disaster. It was held at the new Accra Metropolitan Assembly office around the Tema Station in Accra.
Each of the surviving victims with severe injuries received a cheque for GHC10,000, and those with minor injuries received GHC8,000; whilst an amount of GHC40,000 was given to one of the victims who is still on admission at the 37 Military Hospital. He advised the beneficiaries to invest the money in ventures that will accrue them appropriate profits.
He, on behalf of the Government of Ghana expressed appreciation to the Benin government for the kind donation. He was also grateful to the A.M.A for its cooperation and the 7-member committee constituted to see to the proper disbursement of the funds.
The Mayor of A.M.A, Alhaji Mohammed Adjei Sowah called on Ghanaians to be conscious of their health and safety, adding, “Our own attitude of dumping waste into drains was a major contributory factor to the June 3 disaster. I urge you all not to be spectators but active citizens to make Accra a clean city.”
He was grateful to the Benin government for the support and the families and victims of the disaster for their cooperation with the committee to make the disbursement a success.
Madam Francois Martine Dossa, Benin Ambassador to Ghana, expressed sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives in the disaster. She said such an assistance from the
Government of Benin to Ghana would further go to strengthen the already good relations between the two countries.
She assured the Ghanaian government of her country’s continued support, “Since we are brothers and sisters”.
In a brief remark, the leader of the beneficiaries, Mr. Thomas Sakyi was grateful to both goverments for the kind gesture, saying “Never again should we allow such an unfortunate incident in our country.”
Other speakers at the function included Messrs Seji Saji, Chairman of the disbursement committee who doubles as the Deputy Director-General (Technical and Reforms, NADMO), Alhassan Andani, secretary to the committee and Mrs. Adelaide Annor-Kumi, Chief Director at the Ministry of the Interior.